Special Issue "Computational Methods in Structural Engineering"

A special issue of Computation (ISSN 2079-3197). This special issue belongs to the section "Computational Engineering".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2023 | Viewed by 1786

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School of Civil Engineering, National Technical University of Athens, Athens, Greece
Interests: computational mechanics; engineering optimization; machine learning in engineering; structural analysis (statics/dynamics); finite element method; earthquake engineering; structural reliability; crack simulation in structures (XFEM); failure mechanics
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Qatar University, Doha, Qatar
Interests: finite element method (FEM); static and dynamic analysis of structures with FEM; earthquake engineering; optimum design of structures; reliability and probabilistic analysis of structures; neural networks and their applications in engineering
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Department of Built Environment, Oslo Metropolitan University, Oslo, Norway
Interests: sustainable concrete; durability; corrosion; concrete technology; reinforced concrete structures; remaining service life of concrete structures; structural engineering; finite element analysis
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Structural engineering involves the analysis and design of structures to ensure their safety, durability, and functionality. Traditionally, engineers have relied on manual calculations and simplified analytical models; however, with the rapid advancements in computing technology, computational methods have emerged as indispensable tools in the structural engineering domain. Computational methods have revolutionized the field of structural engineering by providing powerful tools for analysis, design, and optimization. As computing technology continues to evolve, computational methods will play an increasingly vital role in advancing the field of structural engineering, fostering safer, more efficient, and sustainable structures.

This Special Issue explores the application of computational methods in structural engineering, highlighting their significance, benefits, and challenges. It is devoted to presenting recent developments and bringing a new understanding to the field. The topics of this Special Issue include, but are not limited, to:

  • Finite element analysis;
  • Structural optimization;
  • Computational optimization techniques;
  • Performance-based design;
  • Numerical techniques for the analysis of composite structures or structures with unconventional shapes;
  • Complex structural dynamical systems;
  • Computational methods in conceptual structural design;
  • Machine learning applications in structural engineering.

Dr. Manolis Georgioudakis
Dr. Vagelis Plevris
Dr. Mahdi Kioumarsi
Guest Editors

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  • structural engineering
  • computational methods
  • FEM
  • finite element analysis
  • optimization

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22 pages, 9781 KiB  
Investigation of the Failure Response of Masonry Walls Subjected to Blast Loading Using Nonlinear Finite Element Analysis
Computation 2023, 11(8), 165; https://doi.org/10.3390/computation11080165 - 21 Aug 2023
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A numerical investigation of masonry walls subjected to blast loads is presented in this article. A non-linear finite element model is proposed to describe the structural response of the walls. A unilateral contact–friction law is used in the interfaces of the masonry blocks [...] Read more.
A numerical investigation of masonry walls subjected to blast loads is presented in this article. A non-linear finite element model is proposed to describe the structural response of the walls. A unilateral contact–friction law is used in the interfaces of the masonry blocks to provide the discrete failure between the blocks. A continuum damage plasticity model is also used to account for the compressive and tensile failure of the blocks. The main goal of this article is to investigate the different collapse mechanisms that arise as an effect of the blast load parameters and the static load of the wall. Parametric studies are conducted to evaluate the effect of the blast source–wall (standoff) distance and the blast weight on the structural response of the system. It is shown that the traditional in-plane diagonal cracking failure mode may still dominate when a blast action is present, depending on the considered standoff distance and the blast weight when in-plane static loading is also applied to the wall. It is also highlighted that the presence of an opening in the wall may significantly reduce the effect of the blasting action. Full article
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Title: Investigation of the failure response of masonry walls subjected to blast loading using nonlinear finite element analysis
Authors: S. Thango; G.E. Stavroulakis; G.A. Drosopoulos
Affiliation: Department of Production Engineering and Management Technical University of Crete

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